How do I get a General Election postal vote in Scotland before polling day?

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A general election has been officially announced, meaning people all over the UK will be called to cast their vote this July 4.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed the move, which will give Scots the opportunity to vote in the first summer general election held since 1945.

With the sudden news and the election date falling in the middle of the school holiday season, this may leave many unable to physically turn up to the polls. Luckily, Scots who can't make it to the voting centre can still have their say through casting a postal vote and getting one couldn't be easier.

A postal vote allows citizens to vote from their own home. Anyone can apply for one and you do not need a special circumstance to do so, according to the Scottish Government.

You must be eligible and registered to vote to receive a postal vote. According to the Electoral Commission, those who want to vote in the general election must be registered to do so by this June 18 - you can register to vote online here.

Once you have applied for a postal vote, it will remain valid for three years when voting in a UK Parliament election, or permanently with Scottish Parliament and local council elections.

Here are the simple steps to take to get a postal vote in Scotland ahead of the next general election.

How to apply for a postal vote in Scotland

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaking at a General Election campaign event at ExCeL London, in east London, after calling a General Election for July 4.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has confirmed that a general election will take place this July -Credit:Stefan Roussueau/PA

According to the Scottish Government website, Scots who want to cast a postal vote must fist download a form to fill out, which can be found on mygov.Scot here.

Those who can't print the form can apply for one by asking for one from their local Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). If you are unsure of what your ERO is, you can check here by entering your postcode. to find its contact information.

Where to send your completed form

Once you've completed your form, you can do either of the following:

  • post it to your local ERO

  • email a photo of it to your local ERO

Check for the details of your local ERO here.

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